“Family, like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – Unknown
When I was back on holiday in Malaysia early this year, I had the honor to photograph the fabulous Lam family. Evelyn, my ex-collegue-turned-good-friend, was also back in the country with her two sisters, Karen and Sharon, to spend quality time with their aging parents. Evelyn and Karen resides in Melbourne, Australia while the elder sister, Sharon, lives in Washington DC.
Uncle Lam has been feeling under the weather, so we finally decided to have the session at their condominium residence and its surrounding area. Having lived in USA for five years, I could empathize with the constant worrying about elderly members of the family back home. Hence, we agreed to approach the session in a more meaningful way – each of the sisters were asked to tell each of the parent why they meant so much to them, from their growing years to now in their adulthood. And likewise for the parents, where the siblings will ask their parents to do the same.
I’m very proud to share the result of – raw emotions of happiness, tears of joy and sadness, and most importantly, the celebration of their love for one another that stood the test of time.
There’s something beautiful about elderly couples still being so deep in love with one another after 42 years of marriage.